Oye...reminds me when gatorade went on strike when I was working at a gas station. I think I was 19 at the time but for some reason I found it funny when people asked why we had no gatorad "oh a bunch of workers are on strike" lol lasted a few months I think...can't remember.
I know In N Out pay their employees really well. Some of them are there for so long and start earning enough to live on. I think it would be great for workers who have been there long enough to earn that much. I wouldn't start a teenager looking for a summer job with pay that high, but maybe a single mom who needs the job to take care of her kid(s) and plans on being there as long as she can.
And how do you propose people get these careers? 30-50k in student loan debt because you can't afford to pay for college because you're stuck working at minimum wage.
It's a circular argument. You can't better yourself without getting into massive debt (And don't even both with an associates degree if that's where you're planning to stop, no one even looks at them anymore), and you can't afford to live without accumulating that massive debt.
If you want a 'living wage' get a career. You can't take ever crap job that needs zero education and make them pay $15 plus an hour.
If they wanted to make $15 an hour, they should have gone into a different profession.
I was in Copenhagen and popped into a McDonald's to get a diet coke. I was stunned that the cost of a Big Mac or Quarter Pounder started at the equivalent of $10 in US dollars. Would you take your family to McDonald's if a Happy Meal was $12? A medium fry was $6? My diet coke (small) was over $6.
This wasn't just the conversion rate. It was the fact that employees were paid more so the product cost had to be higher. Think about it.